Vikings Sign Former Rams Offensive Tackle

Jul 31, 2022; Irvine, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams tackle Bobby Evans (71) during training camp at UC Irvine. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings had a very busy Monday, making a slew of roster moves. These moves included the release of WR Malik Knowles while they also signed TE Colin Thompson and IOL Jack Snyder.

The team also placed OLB Andre Carter on the PUP list while IOL Chris Reed headed to the NFI list with veterans reporting to training camp on Tuesday.

However, the Vikings do not appear to be done there. On Monday evening, Aaron Wilson of KPRC2 also reported that the team will be signing former Rams offensive tackle Bobby Evans prior to the veterans reporting to training camp. Wilson tweeted, “#Vikings are signing veteran former #Rams offensive tackle Bobby Evans @OU_Football per a league source. @KPRC2 Evans is repped by @eliteloyaltysp and has started 12 of 35 career games.”

Dec 13, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Bobby Evans (71) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Evans, 26, was drafted in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams after spending his collegiate years with the Oklahoma Sooners. He started three seasons with the Sooners, spending two years at right tackle and another at left tackle.

With the Rams, he played nine games during his rookie season, starting seven games. He has played a total of 35 games over his first four NFL seasons, making 12 starts, as Wilson states in his tweet.

Former Rams Offensive Tackle
Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (23) celebrates his touchdown run with offensive tackle Bobby Evans (71) during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Evans has had his fair share of struggles over his early NFL career, particularly in pass protection. In 2022, Pro Football Focus gave him a pass blocking grade of just 16.4 in 203 snaps in those scenarios.

He joins the Vikings as training camp competition for the young depth at the offensive tackle position. Minnesota’s depth chart there includes Christian Darrisaw, Brian O’Neill, Blake Brandel, Oli Udoh, Vederian Lowe, and Sam Schlueter.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.